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Black Americans’ threat from Whites wearing badges

Is Raymond Wilford, a 26-year-old Black Seattle resident, not dead or seriously injured only because the White mall security officer who maced and arrested him didn’t have a gun?

Economic justice: Who pays for police officers’ misbehavior?

Ever since President Bill Clinton apologized for the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in 1997, we have heard calls for apologies from the government and individuals for a myriad of transgressions against Black people. I came to the conclusion a long time ...

Black History and its relevancy: A Community Conversation

Many people today have a limited knowledge of Black history. There is limited information in public school textbooks about the struggles of African Americans, as well as our contributions to American history.

We need a Shelby to D.C. march

After ceremonies wrap up Sunday in Alabama commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a group of die-hard demonstrators will re-enact the full march.

Smart economics: Black dollars matter!

The protest slogans addressing our latest struggle for justice and equity compel me to come up with a new phrase.

The GOP’s acting-the-fool dynamic

Among the formal definitions for “acting the fool” are: One who is deficient in judgment, sense or understanding.

Giuliani’s words do more than hurt – they divide

“A new expression has entered the Westminster lexicon: dog-whistle politics. It means putting out a message that, like a high-pitched dog-whistle, is only fully audible to those at whom it is directly aimed. The intention is to make potential supporters ...

Reflections: Life in a partially integrated society

I have heard the stories so many times. I feel I lived them – that I experienced them. The stories are real for me also – my husband’s experiences living in a partially integrated society – attending an integrated high ...

DuBois, Trotter: My civil rights heroes

In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a W.E.B. DuBois fanatic since my teenage years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I have a healthy collection of books by and about DuBois, including David Levering Lewis’ two-volume biography of DuBois (W.E.B. ...

Facing America’s lynching frenzy

We live in a era when humankind seems awash in war-driven atrocities. Men, and in some instances, boys – for this is, overwhelmingly, a matter of the sins of males – who once lived within the boundaries of decency have ...

Twin evils renewed: Terrorism and racism

There are two related violent phenomena that are now getting renewed public attention and research around the world, as well as considerable debate and denial. The twin evils are terrorism and racism.

Selma marches on to let our voices soar above the mix

Selma. For those of a certain age, the word Selma is evocative of a time when people stood against insurmountable odds. It is an ever-lasting illustration of why the right to vote must never be taken for granted. People of ...

Fifty years of economic futility … Haven’t we had enough?

During the 50-year period from 1963 [“I have a dream!”] to 2013, Black people have been on a virtual economic treadmill. Our relative economic position has not changed; our unemployment rate has consistently been twice as high as the White ...

Living in a segregated society – my reflections

This month I have spent more time than usual reflecting on my life in a segregated society. Seeing the movie Selma and events leading up to the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama and looking at the movie ...

More evidence of President Obama’s hostility toward HBCUs

As if we needed any more evidence, President Obama’s recent meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus revealed a deep-seated hostility toward the plight of struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities.